Celebration of Recovery Month in Australia


Celebration of Recovery Month in Australia.

Members of SUPER CRO are celebrating Recovery month this year with an online Google Meets meeting. The online meeting will start at 10 am on Sunday 20 September.
If you would like to attend the meeting, click this link: just before the start of the meeting.

During the Celebration, we will launch the SUPER CRO Kickstarter Warm Fused Glass Portable Kiln project. To have a look at the project click here

National Recovery Month (Recovery Month), sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is a national observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with mental and substance use disorders to live healthy and rewarding lives. This observance celebrates the millions of Americans who are in recovery from mental and substance use disorders, reminding us that treatment is effective and that people can and do recover. It also serves to help reduce the stigma and misconceptions that cloud public understanding of mental and substance use disorders, potentially discouraging others from seeking help.Now in its 31st year, Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those in recovery, just as we celebrate improvements made by those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease.

Additional Recovery Month resources are available on the Recovery Month website. Resources include logos, r is for Recovery symbol, banners, posters, and customizable flyers, posters, T-shirt designs, and one-pager, television and radio public service announcements, an event calendar to post and share your Recovery Month events or locate events in your community and social media outreach through Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Note some materials are available in English and Spanish.

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Wheel of Wellbeing


I have been fortunate to receive a Wheel of Wellbeing kit from the NSW Mental Health Commission 

I have found the information in the kit to be useful and easy to get people engaged in a conversation about Wellbeing.

So far:

  • I have given away 30 Wheel of Wellbeing buttons
  • 10 passports
  • three groups have agreed to set a date to use the kits

I look forward to doing more with the Wheel of Wellbeing in 2018


Duty Host

One of the questions I am often asked on a regular basis since stopping work at St Vincents is: You seem to be very busy Douglas.

This is true and it has been some 458 days since I left, however this image really describes the new role that being eligible to receive an Aged Pension has allowed me to develop as I enjoy this new role.

I would be more than happy to make time to show you some of the wonderful Recovery Resources I have at my disposal, especially since the release of the Seclusion and Restraint Report prior to xmas by NSW Health.

Feedback on Promoting Recovery Month

Dear Adam this originally bounced back to me because I had an error in his email. I was now able to look further into this and I bumped into your email address here

Would you kindly look into the information I sent below, and if interested contact me OR my supervisor Ivette Torres being copied in this email.

Thank you very much.

Best regards,

Ana Gabriela Monzon

Graduate Intern- Consumer Affairs

SAMHSA/ Center for Substance Abuse Treatment/ Office of the Director

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Work Phone: (240) 276-1183

Emails: /

From: Monzon, Ana (SAMHSA/CSAT)

Sent: Monday, October 24, 2016 4:46 PM

To: ‘’

Cc: Torres, Ivette A. (SAMHSA/CSAT); Monroe, Michele (SAMHSA/OA/OC)

Subject: Introduction; International Recovery Month Observance

Dear Mr. Douglas Holmes,

I work for Ms. Ivette Torres, Associate Director of the Office Consumer Affairs (OCA), at the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, SAMHSA. I would like to congratulate on your efforts for National Recovery Month; we saw your events on the website. Thank you very much for posting those online, and we hope they were a success!

Here at OCA we are in the midst of establishing mechanisms of garnering support to expand observance of National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) internationally. At the institutional and global level, we have drafted a policy memo for Mr.Paolo del Vecchio, Director of SAHMSA’s Center for Mental Health Services, which was used in WHO’s mhGAP Forum in Geneva requesting an official UN day or month for Recovery Month observance. Additionally, at the hemispheric level, we have recommended that PAHO’s member countries designate an annual monthly observance related to lauding the benefits of recovery from substance abuse and mental health conditions, via our comments to the NCDs and Alcohol Position Papers for PAHO’s 55th Directing Council meeting that took place in NYC last month.

I would like to ask if Hearing Voices Network NSW would be interested in becoming a 2017 Recovery Month International Planning Partner, which would require of your participation in the Planning Partners meetings taking place periodically,as outlined here: . Your organization would then be included in the International Planning Partners list here, which aims to foster greater collaboration between stakeholders doing similar work that you do. As we seek to expand Recovery Month internationally, this feature should be able to be of more service to you.

Moreover, in order to schedule a conference call with interested parties, I would need to know if you would like to support our efforts, and if you can leverage contact information for other organizations working alongside you in Australia

in similar efforts, as we would like to reach out to them as well. I will be greatly appreciative of your help and response.

Thank you.

Kind regards,

Ana Gabriela Monzon

Graduate Intern- Consumer Affairs

SAMHSA/ Center for Substance Abuse Treatment/ Office of the Director

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Work Phone: (240) 276-1183

Emails: /